Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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MADISON--The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announced last week that Northland College will be joining the WIAC as an affiliate member in the sports of men's and women's ice hockey effective with the 2019-20 academic year. With the addition of Northland College, which is located in Ashland, Wis., the WIAC will have six institutions sponsoring men's ice hockey and five institutions sponsoring women's ice hockey to include current conference members UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout (men only), UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior.
Hudson’s girls’ soccer team finally took to the pitch for its first match of the season Thursday, April 12, and the result was a 2-0 victory over Big Rivers Conference rival Eau Claire North on the artificial turf at Raider Stadium in Hudson. Marly Johnston scored Hudson’s first goal of the season five minutes into the contest, assisted by Maddie Danielson, before Danielson found the back of the net 10 minutes later with an assist from Cam Masini.
Senior Lexi LeFever won a pair of events and senior Kady Kochendorfer and sophomore Rachel Ball claimed one individual title each to lead the Raider girls track and field team to a first place finish at the 20-team UW-Stout Elite Meet Friday, April 6, at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie. Hudson's girls totaled 93 points to capture the team title, 30 points ahead of second place River Falls. Prior Lake was third with 58. River Falls won the boys' championship with 97 points and White Bear Lake was second with 87.5 while Hudson was eighth with 22.
Hudson's boys tennis team didn't let Mother Nature stop it from seeing its first action of the season last weekend, and it didn't let Hastings, Roseville or Apple Valley get in the way of opening the season undefeated.
Despite losing nine seniors, including six starters, from last year's squad that finished second in the Big Rivers Conference, and having no seniors on the roster this season, Hudson girls' soccer coach Steve Sollom has plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into the 2018 season. "We will be young this season," he noted. "Having said that, the cupboard is certainly not bare."
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Augustana College faceoff specialist McKay Potter of Hudson has been named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week for men's lacrosse for the week of April 2-8. The 5-foot, 10-inch, 165-pound Potter won 25 of 34 (.735) faceoffs as Augustana began CCIW play with wins over Dubuque and North Central last week. He controlled 14 of 19 in a 9-6 road win over the Spartans on Wednesday, and 11 of 15 in a 6-5 overtime win over the Cardinals on Saturday.
The Hudson Rod, Gun, and Archery Club will sponsor two National Rifle Association's Women On Target instructional shooting clinics for women only on April 18 and 21. Register for either the Trap and Skeet clinic or the Pistol and Rifle clinic as both are taking place simultaneously. Each clinic consists of two sessions. Attendees attend both Wednesday and Saturday. The first session is Wednesday, April 18 from 6-9 p.m. The second session is range day on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The UWRF men's basketball program will host a series of camps for boys elementary and high school players this summer. The Fundamental Youth Day Camp will be held June 11-14. Session 1 is for players entering grades 3-4 in Fall, 2018 and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and Session 2, for players entering grades 5-6, will be from 1-4 p.m.
Junior co-captain Tyler Grosz wasn't surprised when 51 of his fellow students turned out for the first day of tryouts for the Raider boys tennis team Monday, March 26. "I think our recent success has brought a lot more kids out for tennis," he said. "Winning will cure a lot of things." If that trend continues, Hudson may have to build a lot more tennis courts at the high school.
After graduating 11 seniors from last year's squad, there will be a lot of new faces on the field for the Raider baseball team this season. One face that isn't new, albeit is in a new position, is head coach Trevor Peck. Peck, an assistant under Jason Nell in 2017, begins his first season at the helm after replacing Nell during the offseason.